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OPERATION WRITE HOME
October 19, 2012

I've been making cards for Operation Write Home since 2009. We make cards for troops to write in to send home to their friends and loved ones. We also send "Hero Mail," cards, letters and kids' pictures thanking our Heroes for their service. These letters are given to troops who don't get much mail, or who are going through a particularly bad time. The driving force behind this organization is a group of dedicated people lead by Sandy Allnock. The tone is set by this group - there's no politics, no negativity - it's all about helping our troops. They work tirelessly, shipping, creating samples, tutorials, sketches, post to Facebook and Twitter, film videos, weekly tv shows, blogs and vlogs. In most organizations, it would take a small army to accomplish so much.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

OPERATION WRITE HOME
October 21, 2011

I started making cards for Operation Write Home in 2009. It quickly became a passion for me. We send hand-made cards to deployed troops for all branches of the service. The organization is incredibly motivating. I learned everything I needed to know from the website. There's a Facebook page where they post notes from troops and family members. There are tutorials for new and experienced cardmakers alike. We also send "hero mail," which are cards, coloring pages, notes, etc. written to any hero. They are given to troops who do note receive much mail, or who are going through a bad time. I've been able to teach card classes at work since August of 2010, and have many happy supporters there.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've received thank-you emails from troops on 2 separate occasions. However, the biggest result is the feeling that you're making a real difference in someone's life. The organization keeps me motivated.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They've recently started fundraising by selling OWH patches. I'd love to see magnetic bumper "stickers." Other than that, the organization is very good about constantly trying new thiings and improving. They've recently updated their website, added "OWH TV" on Thursday nights, and had blog-skips.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

My volunteer experience has been exceptional.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've worked for my company for 20 years. I've met more employees through my monthly OWH classes than I have in most of the time I've worked there. I've also met some new friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Passionate.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I make cards, write hero mail, donate shipping funds, and teach card-making classes at work.